Blood Red: Hoop-Tober 5.0 – Week Two

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We’re keeping the midnight meat train rolling, and staying consistent with how this ran last year.  Week Two of the annual Hoop-Tober horror marathon was a significant rise in quality, with four of the five films I watched being genuine delights, and only one clunker to be had.  I’m lamenting it took me so long to get to John Carpenter’s fantastic adaptation of Christine, immediately putting it up with my favorites of his work.  Lake Mungo is a sad and truly eerie example of found footage done right, being a documentary of a young girl’s drowning and subsequent appearances in photos and videos.  Neil Jordan should be getting a lot more love for what he brought to the werewolf genre with the lush and lurid The Company of Wolves, embedding all sorts of subtext about budding womanhood years before the (also excellent) Ginger Snaps.  I stand with Dan and most assuredly did NOT fall under the spell of the retro Summer of ’84, excellent music aside, but was quickly picked back up and fell 100% under the traumatic spell that was Hereditary.

And with the coming of October, it’s time to get even more serious with this marathon, so enough talk: review excerpts and links are below.   Continue reading

Blood Red: Hoop-Tober 5.0 – Week One

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It’s become a tradition to have the first week of the annual Hoop-Tober horror marathon be a bit of a mixed bag.  Last year I had a fantastic Stephen King adaptation in Andy Muschietti’s It; this year I had to deal with the drudgery of Tobe Hooper’s adaptation of King’s short story The Mangler.  And it was a double dose of not-great Robert Englund performances: besides starring (under tons of makeup) in The Mangler, I also had to reckon with perhaps the worst Freddy Krueger entry with A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.  It wasn’t all terrible, though.  Between the slam dunk that is Panos Cosmatos’s psychedelic revenge nightmare that is Mandy, the uncomfortable indie black comedy of Prevenge and the gruesomely fun throwback that is the 1988 remake of The Blob I was able to salvage the opening week of the marathon quite nicely.

And I’m already working my way through a killer second week, so enough of the opening jibber-jabber.  Let’s get to the review excerpts below.   Continue reading

Blood Red: Hoop-Tober 5.0 Comes Back to Haddonfield to Kill Again

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The year inexorably turns to its final quarter, where the green gives way to the fires of yellow and red and we all find the beauty in the gradual death that signifies Autumn.  As as we plan to do every Autumn, Blood Red returns for the next six weeks to celebrate the wickedly varied and vibrant genre that is horror.   Continue reading

Blood Red: Hoop-Tober 4.0 – The Final Chapter

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Happy Halloween!  There’s no better time to wrap up my annual Hoop-Tober horror marathon than by re-visiting some old classics and just marveling at how the masters of the genre did it bigger and better all those years ago.  The first two entries in the Friday the 13th series may have done more damage than good in the sheer glut of poor copycat films that came after, but they’re still a rip to watch.  John Carpenter’s original Halloween still stands as a singular achievement in pacing and streamlined storytelling.  Wes Craven brings the horror a gleefully evil personality for the first time in the original and best A Nightmare on Elm Street.  And to this day there is still no terror like the slam of a steel door signalling you’re trapped in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Step inside and let’s end this thing in style…   Continue reading

Blood Red: Hoop-Tober 4.0 – Week Five/Six

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After a week away we’re back with another round up of horror movies as part of the ongoing Hoop-Tober horror marathon.  I won’t lie: I’m way behind on movie watching and reviewing as I hit more doctors and get more fatigued with this diet and medical regimen, but there’s still a quick look at five films, four of which I heartily recommend.  However, that courtesy does not extend to the abysmal and moronic Hostel Part II, which cannot escape the torture porn cliche initiated only a few years before by Eli Roth.  No such issues with stone cold classics The Bride of Frankenstein and Dawn of the Dead, however – it’s good to see films 80 and 40 years old still kick all kinds of ass to this day.  I found a lot to like in the clever and spooky Found Footage 3D, now exclusively on Shudder, and was able to smother myself in nostalgia and warm goodness watching the Hammer hit Brides of Dracula.

Recaps after the break, so let’s sharpen our blades and dig in…   Continue reading